Today, it has been ten days since the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin took the initiative on the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission in Donbass, and the interest in the topic does not diminish, which does not happen so often in today’s super-fast media flow.
The OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, also expressed his views on the problem, as a matter of fact, all this fuss started because of the security of his staff. And by the way, some people have begun to forget why blue helmets are needed (if needed) in Donbass. The OSCE monitoring mission, according to its representatives, is not always able to fully discharge its duties – to record ceasefire violations by the parties – because of security issues. It is clear that, in order to carry out this task, it is necessary, first of all, to be on the line of contact, so the protection of the OSCE observers in this corridor is at stake.
Of course, they need to get to the front line, so there is a complement to some other ways of moving. And, of course, the OSCE has absolutely no reason to monitor anything near the border with the Russian Federation, as proposed by Ukraine and the United States, because of the absence of military operations there. All those points should be the result of direct agreements with the representatives of the Republics. In addition, the United Nations Security Council should coordinate the mission.
Therefore, Thomas Greminger said that ʺif we looked at the various proposals, there was no clear understanding and the process of making such a decision would be difficult”.
So, discussions in international platforms at various levels, including the Minsk format, will show whether the mission of the blue helmets in Donbass will be achievable (or, on the contrary, impossible). This once again underlines the fact that, despite the sabotage of the negotiating process by Ukraine, “Minsk” offers undeniable advantages in articulating and defending the positions of the People’s Republics.
Valery Skorokhodov, the DPR People’s Council deputy